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Government / Literature - ACLA 2015 (26-29 March)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 11:18am
Nicholas Hengen Fox & Kevin Riordan / Portland Community College & Nanyang Technological University

"Government" and "literature" belong to different spheres, exercise different forms of power, and are studied in different departments. As literary scholars, we often pit literature as a positive (humanizing, expressive, or empowering) force against negative (impersonal, bureaucratic, or oppressive) governments. Or, perhaps more commonly, we treat governments as irrelevant to the production and circulation of literary works. This seminar works to move beyond these familiar positions. We welcome papers from varied national, transnational, and historical contexts that stage the relation between government and literature in new and surprising ways.

Speculative Humanities: Steampunk to Afrofuturism

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:56am
Humanities Division, Essex County College


On March 11-12, 2015, the Humanities Division at Essex County College, located in Newark, NJ, will host its Spring 2015 Conference, "Speculative Humanities: Steampunk to Afrofuturism." This two-day conference offers space for writers, historians, musicians, artists, and academicians to explore, expand upon, and rethink the implications of speculative humanities. This year's conference will feature a special emphasis on the life, work, and influence of Octavia E. Butler.

[REMINDER] World Literature/Immigrant Literature (NeMLA 2015) — DUE 9/30

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:35am
Northeast Modern Language Association

When asked about the influences of immigrant fiction on her own writing, Jhumpa Lahiri told the New York Times, 'I don't know what to make of the term 'immigrant fiction.' […] If certain books are to be termed immigrant fiction, what do we call the rest? Native fiction? Puritan fiction?

6th IJJO "Making Deprivation of Children's Liberty a Last Resort: Towards evidence-based policies on alternatives" 3-4.12.2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 6:30am
International Juvenile Justice Observatory

6th IJJO International Conference

Depriving children of their liberty may lead to a long-term and costly psychological and physical damage, since overcrowding, violence and poor detention conditions threaten their development, health and well-being.

This is why the International Juvenile Justice Observatory advocates the design of legislation, public policies and programmes focused on the best interest of the minor that respond to their needs and violence risk factors. Moreover, these policies should be designed based on empirical and scientific evidence, using theoretical models whose impact has been assessed and shown to work in terms of social integration and reduced recidivism.

Detective Fiction and The Arts - ACLA 2015 (March 26-29)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 3:38am
Adeline Tran / Annika Eisenberg

This seminar investigates the theme of "Detective Fiction and the Arts" primarily in three ways: First, detective fiction often features other arts or media forms as important sources of aesthetic, narrative or symbolic value.

Science and/of the Word: Alter-humanisms in Caribbean Poetry and Philosophy [NeMLA Toronto 2015]

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 11:56pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Northeast Modern Language Association
46th Annual Convention
Toronto, Ontario

Science and/of the Word: Alter-humanisms in Caribbean Poetry and Philosophy

This session proposes to explore and assess the contributions of Caribbean poets and philosophers both to the postcolonial/ecocritical/feminist/queer polemics against Enlightenment modernity and (neo)liberal humanism and to the invention of alternative modes of being, thinking, and figuring the human. We welcome papers which engage the artistic and intellectual productions of Caribbean writers in the broad context of post-, anti-, and alter-humanisms. How do Caribbean texts unsettle and (re)invent relations between the Sciences & the Humanities?

[Reminder] NeMLA 2015 Call for Papers

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 11:28pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Reminder: NeMLA 2015 Call for Papers
Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2014

Northeast Modern Language Association
46th Annual Convention
Toronto, Ontario
April 30-May 3, 2015
Host Institution: Ryerson University

Full information regarding the 2015 Call for Papers may be found on our website:


Special Topic: Christianity and Literature (for spring 2015)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 6:16pm
Intégrité: A Journal of Faith and Learning (Missouri Baptist University)

Intégrité (pronounced IN tay gri tay) is a scholarly journal published twice a year by the Faith & Learning Committee and the Humanities Division of Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis, MO. Published both online (http://www.mobap.edu/integrite) and in print copy, it welcomes essays for a special issue (spring 2015) on "Christianity and Literature." Essays may explore aspects of Christianity in individual works or writers, in pedagogical matters pertaining to teaching literature at Christian universities, and in issues concerning courses devoted to specifically Christianity and literature. Some possible approaches and examples would include:

2015 Conference on John Milton

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 5:45pm
Kevin Donovan, co-director, Conference on John Milton

The 2015 Conference on John Milton
October 15-17, 2015

Sponsored by the Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Papers (not to exceed twenty minutes reading time) are invited on any aspect of Milton Studies, from close readings of particular works to broader investigations of themes and trends.

Papers should be submitted electronically
to both cwdurham@msn.com
and Kevin.Donovan@mtsu.edu,

or you may send two hard copies to
Charles W. Durham, 2318 London Avenue, Murfreesboro, TN 37129.

Washington Irving and Islam

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 5:26pm
AMS Press



Romantic Sustainability--Call for Chapter Proposals (due 1 Nov. 2014)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 3:59pm
Ben P. Robertson

Chapter proposals are invited for an edited volume on sustainability and the environment in British Romantic literature, tentatively titled Romantic Sustainability: Endurance and the Natural World, 1780-1830. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, sustainability and environment in relation to the following:

[UPDATE] Geographies of Home in Ethnic American Women's Literature (NEMLA 2015)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 2:15pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

From Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine to Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands/La Frontera to Toni Morrison's Home, symbolic representations of "home" mediate between the individual and the various geographies of home, both physical and metaphysical. How do literary works employ the tropes of location and dislocation, of belonging and exile, of inside(r) and outside(r), to highlight the complex relationship we have to the "place" that shapes our identities and destinies? We seek papers from any theoretical or critical perspective that interrogate the notion of home and belonging in gendered, aesthetic, political, and/or social dimensions in contemporary ethnic American women's literature.